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Welcome to the Mississippi State Bookstore. We're glad you stopped by and we hope that you find exactly what you're looking for. Shopping categories include books about Mississippi people, books about Mississippi History, Mississippi Cookbooks, Hiking and enjoying the Mississippi outdoors, Mississippi reference books, and calendars, magazines and newspapers, DVD and videos, and posters under MORE. In The Mississippi State Bookstore you will find information about Mississippi for readers of all ages. Age ranges for books for young readers are highlighted in red. Have fun.


My Mississippi My Mississippi  
by Willie Morris, David Rae Morris (Photographer)  
Through the years two of the most singular extremes have been the desire on the one hand to dwell forever with all the myths and trimmings of a vanished culture which may never truly have existed in the first place, certainly not the way we wished it to, and the frantic compulsion, on the other, to reforge ourselves as an appendage of the capitalistic, go-getting, entrepreneurial North .... Between these two extremes there have been complex lights and shadings, and considerable ambivalence and suffering. Mississippians watch the same television as other Americans, frequent the same shopping malls and national franchise chain stores and fast-food establishments, and live in the same kind of suburbias .... At the new century it is the juxtapositions of Mississippi, emotional and in remembrance, and the tensions of  its paradoxes that still drive us crazy .... In my work on this book certain ironies never failed to tease me.

Willie Morris

He loved Mississippi and he always went back.

"The distinguished Mississippi writer Willie Morris (who died last year) was editor-in-chief of Harper's Magazine in the 1960s ... Regardless of the time Morris spent away from Mississippi, it was a place that always remained in his heart. First Morris wants the reader to understand the state's beauty "physically beautiful in the most fundamental and in-dwelling way, [in that] it never leaves you." Then, with both pride and understanding, he brings into sharp focus Mississippi's peculiar tensions and ambivalence and also its passions "we are a singular people,"   he says of his native folk. The second half of the book is an album of full color photographs taken by Morris' son, a professional photojournalist.

Brad Hooper, Booklist

 
 
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